A new approach for car parking - and you can have a say

From 2 September until 12 December, the Council is seeking comments about the principles of the proposed new car park strategy, which considers the overall charging policy and the look and feel of car parks.

The Council wants to make best use of its car parks to support local businesses and visitor numbers, as part of the long-term ambitions to make the district a great place to do business and a great place to enjoy life.

At this stage the strategy focuses on the principles of how to improve the customer experience at car parks and increase throughput to help people shopping, working in or visiting the area.  Whilst it does not set out any explicit charges for individual car parks, we will be reviewing the current tariffs and considering a number of options including no increase or a reduction in tariffs. There are also proposed changes to parking arrangements in Sherburn and Tadcaster, as part of a strategy to free up parking spaces for people using local shops and services.

The District Council’s Executive member with responsibility for economic development, Cllr Chris Metcalfe, explained, “When developing this strategy we’ve considered what influences customers’ parking choices and identified changes to meet our customers’ needs.  This is about responding to the needs of our local retailers, supporting increased use of our town and village centres and encouraging their economic growth and vitality.

“It’s part of a much wider approach from the District Council to support business growth across the district, which is a key focus for us.”

Details of the consultation will be available on our website from 2 September.